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Regions eyes more multifamily lending with Fannie Mae deal
Regions Bank is bolstering its lending capabilities in the growing multifamily arena. The Birmingham-based bank has obtained Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting and Servicing approval and acquired a $1 billion DUS servicing portfolio. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Fannie Mae’s website, DUS lenders can underwrite, close and sell loans on multifamily properties to Fannie Mae and usually retain a risk position in the loans that they sell to the agency. These DUS...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:24:00 AM


TLC reality show to feature Birmingham fashion executive
Nine years after rising to prominence on Project Runway, Birmingham's Heidi Elnora Baker is set to launch her own show on TLC. Her new show, "Bride By Design," will debut Friday at 9 p.m. central time. The new show will follow Elnora’s efforts to design and sell bridal gowns. Elnora, who founded her heidi elnora brand in 2006, describes the show as "basically combining 'Project Runway' and 'Say Yes to the Dress'." “We are doing so many things internally to prepare for this Friday’s l...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:03:00 AM
Birmingham bucks national home sales trend
Real estate experts have been calling for new inventory to come on the market to help the struggling housing recovery, but if June's new single family home sale data is any indication, inventory may not be the problem. Inventory for new homes rose 3.1 percent to 197,000 units nationwide, according a report from Reuters. Despite that, sales of single family homes took an 8.1 percent dive in June, with the Northeast being hit especially hard at a 20 percent dip. RELATED: Birmingham's h...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:43:00 AM
Report: Finance and accounting employee confidence drops
Finance and accounting employee confidence fell in the second quarter after reaching a near seven-year high in the first quarter, according to The Randstad Professionals’ Finance & Accounting Employee Confidence Index. The index dropped to 58 in the second quarter down 6.3 points from the first quarter. Despite the overall decline in employee confidence among professionals in this sector, the index remained above 50, which indicates a positive reading. Atlanta-based Randstad US said desp...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:56:00 AM
Who needs college? Pre-baccalaureate workers a growing percentage of health care workforce
More than half of America's health care workforce has an associate's degree or less, according to a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The report showed 43 percent of all health care workers fall into the pre-baccalaureate category in the 10 largest pre-baccalaureate occupations. Those 10 occupations include home health aids, registered nurses, personal care aides, practical and vocational nurses, medical and dental assistants, diagnostic and laboratory technolog...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:44:00 AM
Alabamians to share $1M in refunds from insurance companies under ACA rule
Refunds totaling nearly $1 million are coming to 10,000 Alabamians from insurance companies that didn't spend the required ratio of patient care funds on consumers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced refunds averaging $111 per family will be coming from certain health insurance companies from a provision in the Affordable Care Act, called the medical loss ratio rule or the 80/20 rule, which requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:36:00 AM
SRI to invest $10M to renovate Quinlan Castle into education center
The Southern Research Institute plans to invest up to $10 million to turn the Quinlan Castle on Southside into a mixed-use project, AL.com reports. CEO Art Tipton told the Rotary Club the renovation, which is still in the planning stage, would be for an education center to teach children and adults about science. SRI bought the nearly 100-year-old landmark from the city in 2008 for $400,000 and invested some money then to repair the turrets and the roof and secure the building. When ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:23:00 AM
Pit Master's Wings & BBQ opening Trussville restaurant
What started as a food truck in Trussville a year ago, will now be a full-service restaurant. Pit Master's Wings & BBQ will be opening a 4,000 square-foot restaurant next week to complement its food truck business. The family owned establishment, run by Gary and Rebecca Taylor, has been a popular stop for many in Trussville. The demand was so high that when the old Codzilla's building at 8925 Gadsden Highway became available, the family jumped on it. The business specializes in wings ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 3:01:00 PM
Bentley may call special session for economic development incentive package
The Alabama legislature may be called into a special session to consider an incentives package for an economic development project, according to a report from the Montgomery Advertiser. Gov. Robert Bentley is considering bringing the legislators back to the capital as one of many options he is looking at for incentives. There were no specifics on the details of the potential project, but a spokesperson for the governor told the paper it would “be necessary to help Alabama continue to com...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:59:00 PM
Birmingham's five hottest cities for homebuilding
Birmingham’s homebuilding sector was flat through the first six months of 2014, according to building permit records. The first six months of 2014, 1,059 permits were filed for residential construction projects in Jefferson and Shelby counties. That’s down slightly from 1,080 a year ago. The value of those permits is also down slightly, from $271 million to $260 million. Despite the drop, Birmingham’s homebuilding sector remains in a positive position compared to where it was two years a...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:03:00 PM
Alabama paying $75K for rights to welcome visitors to "Sweet Home Alabama"
The rights to erect the new "Sweet Home Alabama" signs on Interstate borders will cost the state – to the tune of $75,000. That's how much the state is paying for the rights to the phrase made popular by the Lynyrd Skynyrd song of the same name, according to the Associated Press. The song has long been a staple at football games, bars and movies. Alabama has a five-year agreement with Universal Music to use the signs in tourism promotion, the AP reported. The new 15-by-18-foot signs,...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:17:00 PM
Birmingham Gastroeneterology Associates expands to two Baptist Health locations
Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Baptist Health Center Hoover now offer the services of Birmingham Gastroeneterology Associates, a clinic of 15 gastroenterologists that treat patients with pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease and liver disease. The collaboration began earlier this month. Doctors Rishi Agarwal and Charles Dasher are located on the Princeton campus, but Dr. Dasher will also see patients at the BHS Hoover location. The clinics will a...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:53:00 PM
Meet the Most Influential: Baptist Health System's Keith Parrott
Editor's Note: In the July 11 issue, the Birmingham Business Journal unveiled its list of Birmingham's Most Influential Executives for 2014. Throughout this week, we'll be introducing you to several executives on the List. Click here to see the full List. Keith Parrott came to a crossroads early in his career. The idea of getting involved in a business that helped people is what initially attracted him to a career in health care, but Parrott became disillusioned by the intense focus on f...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:55:00 AM
Who's hiring in Birmingham? The 10 employers with the most job openings
Who's hiring in Birmingham? The 10 employers with the most job openings ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:39:00 AM
Shannon Waltchack joins TCN Worldwide network
Shannon Waltchack has become a member of TCN Worldwide, an international real estate services organization that serves more than 200 primary and secondary markets worldwide. Company leaders say the new partnership will allow it to offer expanded services, expertise and global coverage. Financial terms of the partnership with the network of independent firms were not disclosed. TCN Worldwide completes approximately $38.8 billion in annual transactions with 80 million square feet of space ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:35:00 AM
Apple orders as many as 80 million units for next iPhone
Apple is betting its next generation of iPhone will outsell its most recent version, the iPhone 5S and 5C, and has ordered up to 80 million of them from manufacturing suppliers. That's well more than the 60 million units Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) ordered before launching the 5S and 5C, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Among the features expected on the so-called iPhone 6 are metal cases with different color options, bigger screens measuring either 4.7 inches or 5.5 inches diago...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:23:00 AM
EBSCO-led app claims to keep viewers' attention to an advertisement for 60 seconds
A Birmingham company has unveiled an app that is designed to keep the undivided attention of viewers for a 60-second advertisement. Reveal by EM, an augmented reality app, was developed by a team led by EBSCO and says it can get viewers to, for instance, watch highlight reels for a favorite sports player just by hovering your phone over his statistics or view a movie trailer by aiming a camera at a poster. EBSCO Media Director of Marketing Nathan Crocker said use of the Reveal app does w...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:59:00 AM
Seven things to know about paying student loans
Did you know you can reduced the interest rate on your student loan by 0.25 percent just by signing up for automatic monthly debit? Or that small towns in some areas offer up to $3,000 a year to help pay back your loans? Other tips from the editors of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: - You can extend your repayment period on your federal loans if you owe $30,000 or more. - You can make smaller payments for federal loans and have debt forgiven if you don’t earn much. - Dropping out of ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:30:00 AM
Gas prices spur overall cost surge
Gasoline is being held responsible for fueling a jump in the Consumer Price Index for June. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the CPI rose 0.3 percent in June. Over the last 12 months, the index has increased 2.1 percent. The bureau said that in contrast to the broad-based increase last month, the June increase was primarily driven by the gasoline index. It rose 3.3 percent and accounted for two-thirds of the all-items increase on the list. The electricity index also rose...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:26:00 AM
Gun store and range coming to Trussville
Trussville is set to get a gun store with a firing range in spring 2015. Sheepdog Firearms Inc. announced plans on Facebook recently for a facility on Deerfoot Parkway with a full gun store including rental and test center by Hewitt Trussville High School. The pistol and archery range will be located a half mile from the retail site. The Facebook site started June 18 and it already has 1,481 likes. Owners said on Facebook that construction of a commercial project “from the ground up” ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:18:00 AM
Millennials driving construction near downtown
Multifamily has been leading the charge to provide young professionals in Birmingham places to live inside the city limits, but some homebuilders are eyeing the urban core to give millennials more and newer options to purchase. H2 Real Estate and Hughes Capital Partners announced an $11 million Crestline Park townhome development that will bring 60 townhomes to the area in different phases. Dungan & Nequette Architects will design the homes that will include four different floor plans ra...
Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:44:00 AM
Developers plan $11 million Crestline townhome development
Despite lot and labor shortages, as well as tight credit practices, Birmingham's new home construction market is developing a strong pipeline. The Crestline Park community will be getting 60 townhomes in an $11 million development that will stretch out into a number of phases. According to a report by Al.com, H2 Real Estate and Hughes Capital Partners have teamed up to develop The Gladstone at Montevallo Road South and Gladstone Avenue. The first phase will cost $1.4 million and will inc...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:26:00 PM
BBVA wins auction for bailed-out Spanish lender
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, the Spanish parent of Birmingham’s BBVA Compass, won an auction Monday night to purchase Spain’s bailed-out Catalunya Banc for $1.6 billion. BBVA said the acquisition doubles its market share in Catalonia and makes it the most relevant player in the sector in Spain. The auction was held by the Orderly Bank Restructuring Fund (known as FROB). “This deal shows we are extremely confident in the current economic recovery,” said BBVA chairman and CEO Franci...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:48:00 PM
Harris Doyle Homes plans 200 new homes in Gardendale
Harris Doyle Homes plans to build more than 200 units over two developments in Gardendale over the next year. Fieldstown Crossing, located at the corner of Fieldstown Road and Shady Grove Road will deliver 60 new single family lots in early 2015. “We had been looking in the Gardendale market, and we found that it was underserved in terms of new home construction,” said Brooks Harris, president of Harris Doyle Homes. “We found a need for quality new home construction.” The lots will be...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:11:00 PM
Birmingham delays action on regulations for Uber
The Birmingham City Council has decided to wait one week until deciding whether to revise its regulations for taxi and vehicles-for-hire to accommodate ridesharing services like Uber. Uber is trying to set up shop in Birmingham, but the city's current ordinances would prevent it from doing so. The city was scheduled to discuss a revision on Tuesday, but delayed that action after Uber mounted a social media campaign against the proposed revisions. The California-based company said the p...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:35:00 PM
Meet the Most Influential: UAB's Ray Watts
Editor's Note: In the July 11 issue, the Birmingham Business Journal unveiled its list of Birmingham's Most Influential Executives for 2014. Throughout this week, we'll be introducing you to several executives on the List. Click here to see the full List. In his spare time, the leader of Alabama’s largest employer and Birmingham’s economic engine enjoys gardening and deep-sea fishing. Metaphorically speaking, Dr. Ray Watts did quite a bit of both during his first year as president of the...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:18:00 PM
AT&T opens new concept store in Gardendale
AT&T has opened a new concept store in Gardendale as the company attempts to shift the in-store focus from traditional customer service to social interaction. The company moved into the new center, located in a new development on Fieldstone Road that also includes a Panera Bread and a Yogurt Mountain, on July 14. The 4,000-square-foot location employs 13. AT&T is rolling out similar concept stores around the nation that the company hopes will be less traditional phone store and more inte...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:03:00 PM
Birmingham approves sale of historic downtown building to investors
The Birmingham City Council has approved the sale of the historic Department of Revenue building. As reported last week, executives with Shannon Waltchack assembled investors in an LLC, SWBP Colonnade, in an attempt to purchase the downtown building for the purpose of redeveloping the 2024 Third Ave. N. structure into office space. The council took up the item on Tuesday morning, approving the sale for $350,000 in a unanimous vote. The building is 23,665 square feet, and the developer...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:56:00 AM
Incentives approved to secure new tenant for downtown's Paramount building
The city of Birmingham has agreed to an incentives package that will bring Action Resources and its subsidiary ARI Logistics downtown. As reported last week, the firm is looking to bring both headquarters to the historic Paramount building, which was recently purchased by an investor group led by Shannon Waltchack for $1.27 million. Action Resources requested a package totaling $50,000, which will be paid in five installments of $10,000 once the city has received the receipts from the co...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:47:00 AM
ServisFirst reports 20% increase in profits
ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. posted a 20 percent increase in profits for the second quarter from the previous year, the Birmingham-based parent of ServisFirst Bank announced this morning. The bank holding company reported $11.5 million in net income available to common stockholders for the quarter ended June 30, compared to $9.6 million for the same quarter in 2013. The $3.8 billion-asset bank’s total revenue grew 16.2 percent to $34.9 million for the second quarter, with its net interes...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:19:00 AM
The Sewing Nook coming to Gardendale
Huntsville's Donna Cagle is bringing a new sewing shop to Gardendale. Cagle will open The Sewing Nook, a full-service shop that will include everything from fabric to sewing machines. John Tally, with Red Rock Realty Group, negotiated the 3,200 square-foot lease at the Gardendale Exchange. Cagle, who owns Huntsville Sew & Vac, has been sewing since she was 9 years old. She has also operated a store in Scottsboro, but she wanted to get closer to some of her Birmingham customers. “...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:16:00 AM
HUD says Birmingham has much to prove in multifamily market
Many have wondered if Birmingham's downtown multifamily market can bear the supply of more than 2,000 units that are set to come online in the next three to five years. Questions about who will fill these apartments, who can afford the high-end products each one will provide and will job growth keep up with the new supply have been raised since the first developments were announced. Multiple developers and lenders have chosen to take significant risks on multifamily projects in the city ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:49:00 AM
With L&N Parkside off the table, Watts keeping open mind about prime property
L&N Parkside developers originally wanted to break ground on the now cancelled mixed-use project during the spring. They waited patiently for their loan application with the Federal Housing Authority to get processed, confident of approval based on their own downtown market studies. But last week, the project received a blow when that application was rejected, a denial that led developers to pull the plug. Originally a 129-unit apartment complex that was to be coupled with 12,000 squa...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:45:00 AM
Teens make up less of summer workforce than ever
Teens are making up less of the summer workforce than ever, with only 40 percent of teens working a part-time summer job, according to a recent report by recruiting firm Challenger Gray & Christmas. The shortage of teens in the workforce is part of a downward trend that has seen significantly fewer teens working summer jobs since the 1990s. Whereas the majority of teens worked during the summer in 1989, hovering around 70 percent, less than a third work now. Although some of the loss ca...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:01:00 AM
Americans bolstering checking account balances
With the aches from the Great Recession still fresh, U.S. consumers have been hoarding more cash in their checking accounts than at any time in the past quarter-century. The Los Angeles Times reports that the average checking account balance at the end of 2013 was $4,436. That is more than double the $2,100 average of the past 25 years. While such high balances can be cited as a defensive measure against the effects of the recession, the report also cites a lack of attractive investment ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:59:00 AM
Security fee on airline tickets to increase
Travelers will be charged a bit more starting Monday for the security services provided by the Transportation Security Administration. USA Today reports the TSA's fee on plane tickets is going up. Congress approved the increase to help reduce the deficit. The new fee will be $5.60 for all flights, with any connection longer than four hours counting as a separate flight. The previous fee was $2.50 for a non-stop flight or $5 for a connecting flight. ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:58:00 AM
Loan growth helps Regions report strong 2Q
Regions Financial Corp. reported net income available to common shareholders of $292 million in the second quarter of 2014, a slight increase over the previous year's results of $262 million, the company announced Tuesday morning. The state’s only Fortune 500 company (NYSE:RF) also reported earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the second quarter was $0.21, bolstered by loan growth, as analysts predicted. Net income dropped from the first quarter’s results of $311 mil...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:53:00 AM
How did Birmingham court DNC leaders?
The leaders of the Democratic National Convention are in Birmingham for two days to see if the Southern metro would make a good spot for its 2016 convention and reports say the Magic City has pulled out all the stops. WBRC Fox 6 reports the first stop city leaders took DNC guests was the Birmingham Museum of Art, followed by lunch at Bistro, a tour of Regions Park, followed by drinks across the street from the ballpark at Good People Brewing. For more on the Birmingham-hosted event at Ir...
Birmingham Business Journal at Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:12:00 AM
DNC CEO: Birmingham's 'pride and passion' put city in the running for convention
A welcoming party of at least 500 gathered at Iron City Monday night to show Democratic National Convention CEO Amy Dacey why Birmingham should be selected to host the 2016 event. Dacey, who became DNC CEO last year, told the crowd wearing shirts and holding signs featuring Birmingham's DNC logo said Birmingham's "pride and passion" were a big factor in selecting the city as a potential host for the convention in 2016. The gathering was a pitch event hosted by Birmingham Mayor William Be...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 10:31:00 PM
Birmingham City Council could vote tomorrow on regs for Uber
The Birmingham City Council will consider Tuesday a revision to its taxi laws to account for new ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. But Uber, the San Francisco-based ridesharing service planning to enter the Magic City market, told supporters in an email that the Birmingham City Council's proposed ordinance would prevent the ridesharing company from operating in Birmingham. Uber started a social media campaign - #BirminghamNeedsUber - in an attempt to convince the City Council not t...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 5:07:00 PM
Chez Fonfon burger named one of nation's best
The Hamburger Fonfon at Frank Stitt's has long been regarded as one of the best in Birmingham. Now, it's being called one of the best in the nation. Thrillist's list of the nation's 33 best burgers highlights Chez Fonfon's much-celebrated burger. Here's a snippet of what the site had to say about Stitt's creation: 'The sole frou-frou touch comes from Comte, but the cheese’s nutty-sweetness melts into the beef amping the patty’s flavor. Topped with grilled red onion, lettuce, tomato, ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 3:55:00 PM
How Birmingham ranks among the best and worst cities for weather
If you like mild weather, then Birmingham probably isn't one of the best places for you. That's according to a new study by Wallet Hub, which tried to identify the cities with the best and worst weather. According to the survey, routine weather events such as rain and cold temperatures cost the economy as much as $485 billion annually. The study considered things like energy costs, commute times and insurance premiums, among others. The survey cited how an inch of snow can shut down non...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 2:56:00 PM
The Wharf Express seafood chain adding new Alabama location
The High Point Tower Center, a shopping center in Prattville, is getting three new businesses, including The Wharf Express. Jim Wilson & Associates has secured leases on The Wharf Express, ADT Security and Armstrong McCall L.P., according to a release on the broker's website. The total square footage of the three leases is 11,229, with 2,500 square feet going to The Wharf Express, a fast-casual dining establishment. The Wharf Express currently has nine locations across the South and o...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 2:45:00 PM
Nashville tech company eyes Birmingham for expansion
Earlier this month, our sister publication the Nashville Business Journal reported that Nashville-based digital marketing firm SnapShot Interactive is looking to expand, and that Birmingham is on its radar. I caught up with Scrivner following that story to find out why the company is interested in the Magic City. He said it's a combination of market size and the local startup scene. "We've had tremendous success in the middle-tier markets, and there's a lot of energy coming out of Birmi...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 1:50:00 PM
Meet the Most Influential: Innovation Depot's Devon Laney
Editor's Note: In the July 11 issue, the Birmingham Business Journal unveiled its list of Birmingham's Most Influential Executives for 2014. Throughout this week, we'll be introducing you to several executives on the List. Click here to see the full List. Although he runs the city’s largest technology business incubator with 90 companies and more than 500 employees, Devon Laney’s first passion is music. His Twitter profile includes pictures of him with famous musicians like Ringo Starr, ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 12:04:00 PM
TrimTab Brewing, MCMC using Kickstarter to raise funds for new Lakeview mural
TrimTab Brewing Co. and Magic City Mural Collective are raising funds to adorn the Lakeview brewery with a mural that would be visible from the Red Mountain Expressway. The proposed 120-foot mural will read “It's Nice to Have You in Birmingham” if TrimTab and the Magic City Mural Collective can raise $9,600 to fund the project. “There's a strange feeling that is created when you drive by a colorful wall or a wall with a message on it,” the campaign's website read. “For some odd reason… ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 11:11:00 AM
Magic Words
Magic Words Students Discover Birmingham by Writing About It By Susannah Felts • Photos by Steve Wood The city of Birmingham is an open book for students in one UAB English course. It serves as both subject and setting for their work, which hones their skills for writing about place for different public and academic audiences. And they quickly find that Birmingham’s story has plenty of blank pages for them to fill.
UAB Magazine at Monday, July 21, 2014 11:07:00 AM
Birmingham's 20 best fields for jobseekers
There were fewer online job ads posted in metro Birmingham in June, according to new data from the Alabama Department of Labor. There were 16,554 job ads posted in the area in June, which was down 1.1 percent from May. The number of ads is also down from a year ago, while the number of unemployed is up. For every job ad posted, two people remain unemployed in the Birmingham-Hoover metro. But if you are looking for a job in Birmingham, there are a few bright spots among industries. ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 10:11:00 AM
DNC site team arrives in Birmingham today
The site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention comes to Birmingham today for a two-day visit to the Magic City. Birmingham is the first of the remaining five finalist cities that will receive a visit from the team, which will be evaluating the city's capability of hosting the massive convention. The committee's visit agenda has not been disclosed, but there is a public pitch party scheduled for Monday night at Iron City and reportedly a private event at Regions Fiel...
Birmingham Business Journal at Monday, July 21, 2014 8:31:00 AM
Dr. James Andrews wins sports medicine award
Renowned Birmingham orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews won the Mr. Sports Medicine Award at the annual meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. The award includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the winner's choice. Although Dr. Andrews hasn't decided on which particular charity will receive the donation, it will most likely go to a youth safety and prevention charity. Andrews is one of the foremost names in sports medicine and has operated on dozens of star ...
Birmingham Business Journal at Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:43:00 PM
Interstate 65 north: Crash blocks lanes near Green Springs Avenue
Reports are the two left lanes are blocked. ALDOT camera image of I-65 at Oxmoor Road at 6:54 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014. Northbound lanes are stalled. Authorities are on the scene of a major crash at Green Springs Avenue.   BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Authorities are on the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash along Interstate 65 northbound at Green Springs. 6:56 a.m.: All lanes of I-65 northbound are blocked at the moment th...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Monday, June 30, 2014 6:44:44 AM
Interstate 20/59: ALDOT to begin median barrier installation Monday
Barriers will go in an area where two fatal median crossover crashes have happened this year. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to begin a project Monday night to extend the concrete median barrier and add cable rail barriers along Interstate 20/59 west of downtown. The area has been the scene of two fatal median crossover crashes this year. The most recent wreck occurred May 29 when a wes...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 27, 2014 5:57:31 PM
Interstate 20 west: Overturned 18-wheeler blocks highway near I-59
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Interstate 20 westbound is closed near the First Avenue South interchange after an 18-wheeler overturned, according to Birmingham police. Traffic is at a standstill as far back as Oporto-Madrid Boulevard, and building beyond that. This story will be updated.   BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Interstate 20 westbound is closed near the First Avenue South interchange after an 18-wheeler overturned, according to Birmingham police.
Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 27, 2014 8:11:35 AM
Interstate 65 south: Crash blocks right lane near Fultondale
FULTONDALE, Alabama -- Authorities are on the scene of a crash along Interstate 65 southbound near the U.S. 31 interchange. The crash is blocking the right lane. Details on the crash weren't immediately available. Drivers report heavy delays backing through Fultondale toward Walker Chapel Road.   FULTONDALE, Alabama -- Authorities are on the scene of a crash along Interstate 65 southbound near the U.S. 31 interchange. The crash is blo...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 27, 2014 8:03:16 AM
Alabama appeals court: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile killers not retroactive for Birmingham
Brando Foster's attorney last year filed an appeal asking that he be re-sentenced with the hope of eventually getting his freedom due to a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that automatic life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals today, however, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court is not retroactive for older cases. Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals rules U.S. Sup...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Friday, June 06, 2014 5:42:41 PM
Birmingham Mayor William Bell in France, will participate in D-Day commemoration
Mayor William Bell in recent years has become a frequent international traveler, including stops in China, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Birmingham Mayor William Bell (Joe Songer/AL.com)   BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Mayor William Bell Friday will be in Normandy, France to participate in the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Bell is expected to be among a delegation that includes President Obama, French Presid...
Birmingham News/AL.com at Thursday, June 05, 2014 8:58:30 AM

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